My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: How to make Free USA and Canada Calls with Free Calls with Magicjack as WhatsApp coming

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to make Free USA and Canada Calls with Free Calls with Magicjack as WhatsApp coming

Ever since the purchase of WhatsApp by Facebook for a nice tidy sum of US$19 billion, MagicJack has been riding a wave on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) as their business models are similar as noted in “Facebook-WhatsApp Deal Has MagicJack CEO Talking Billions”, published Mar 19, 2014 4:11 PM ET By Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg

For most Jamaicans, MagicJack is synonymous with Low-Cost International Calling for a yearly fee of US$29.99. However, since September 2011, Magicjack has had free Calling to any USA or Canadian Landline and Mobile Number via a handy app as described in “MagicJack app brings totally free calling to iOS”, published September 30, 2011 11:59 AM PDT by Rick Broida, CNET News.

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Sorta like Google Voice did at one time as noted in my blog article entitled “Google and Google Voice - The World is Not Enough”, the app is call Free Calls with Magicjack.

Being as that article is a bit dated, I’ve decided to do an update. With Free Calling in the air from the uber-popular WhatsApp by the start of Summer 2014 as stated in my blog article entitled “WhatsApp VoIP Calling in Second Quarter of 2014 - WhatsApp kills International Calling at the Advent of Facetime-eqsue Premium Video VoIP Calling on smartphones”, I began wondering if MagicJack had made the move to the Mobile Computing World.

Apparently they have, as MagicJack now has a free call Free Calls with Magicjack that give us here in Jamaica absolutely free Calling to any USA or Canadian Landline and Mobile Number for Google Android. Free Calls with Magicjack is on the Google Play Store as well as Apple iTunes Store.

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Skype already offers Free Calling, with their latest offer allowing you to make Skype Calls from your Browser without having to install Skype, just as Web Browser Extension as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “Skype-ing from your Browser now possible as WhatsApp conspires to kill International Calling”. Only a Matter of Time before they offer an option to Call Landlines and Mobile Numbers directly.

Calling traditional Landline and Mobile Numbers is a service Japanese SIP (Session Initiated Protocol)-based VoIP Platform Line already offers, which allows Voice Calls to Landline and Mobile numbers in the US of A and Canada for about US$0.02 per minute as noted in my blog article entitled “Japanese Line introduces Line Call for Landline and Mobile - US$0.02 per Call and Kawaii Stickers a plus as WhatsApp and Skype get company in making International Calling and Roaming Extinct”.

Albeit this isn’t a full blown professional Package, for Jamaicans now warming up to smartphones as stated in my blog article entitled “Jamaicans fall in love with Digicel's DL600 and DL700 during Christmas 2013 - Sub-US$100 smartphones driving rapid smartphone adoption in Jamaica as Manufacturing is Possible”, anything free is welcome given the high cost of International Calling in the First Place.

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